PA Forward Star Library Program Celebrates One-Year Anniversary | Compendium



Mechanicsburg, PA (October 20, 2017) Roughly one year ago, the Pennsylvania Library Association launched their bench-mark, PA Forward Star Library program.  Today the program has some 170 libraries registered.  


“We are elated to see how well the program has taken off,” said PA Library Association Executive Director Christi Buker. “PA Forward frames the way libraries talk about their programs, working to help their patrons understand how programs and materials made available through the library are investments in their own literacy skill development. The Star Library program is just our way of recognizing all that libraries are doing and our way of thanking them for being pillars of support in our local communities.”


PA Forward works through five key literacies – Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial – to assist all residents in enhancing their overall quality of life. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and clearly demonstrate their incorporation of the literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting action items within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program.

A repository of the types of programs that qualify libraries for Star Library status can be found in the PA Forward Commons found at

The following is a listing of libraries and the highest level of star status achieved on or before Sept. 30, 2017.   

Gold Star Level

·         Abington Community Library – Lackawanna County

·         Allentown Public Library – Lehigh County

·         Altoona Area Public Library – Blair County

·         Annie Halenbake Ross Library – Clinton County

·         Blossburg Memorial Library – Tioga County

·         Coudersport Public – Potter County

·         Easttown Library – Chester County

·         Free Library of Northampton Township – Bucks County

·         Free Library of Springfield Township – Montgomery County

·         Genesee Area – Potter County

·         Green Free – Wellsboro – Tioga County

·         Grove Family Library – Franklin County

·         James V. Brown Library – Lycoming County

·         Monroeton Public Library – Bradford County

·         Muhlenberg Community Library – Berks County

·         Muncy Public Library – Lycoming County

·         North Pocono Public Library – Lackawanna County

·         Osterhout Free Library – Luzerne County

·         Oswayo Valley Memorial – Potter County

·         Peters Township Public Library – Washington County

·         Pittston Memorial Library – Luzerne County

·         Public Library for Union County – Union County

·         Reading Public Library – Berks County

·         S W Smith Memorial Public Library – McKean County

·         St. Marys Public Library – Elk County

·         Tunkhannock Public Library – Wyoming County

·         Ulysses Public Library – Potter County

·         Upper Merion Township Library – Montgomery County

·         Warminster Township Free Library – Bucks County

·         Wyalusing Public Library – Bradford County

Silver Star Level

·         Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls – Beaver County

·         Claysburg Area Public Library – Blair County

·         Easton Area Public Library – Northampton County

·         Fleetwood Area Public Library – Berks County

·         Free Library of New Hope and Solebury – Bucks County

·         Green Free Library – Canton – Bradford County

·         Hollidaysburg Area Public Library – Blair County

·         Lackawanna County Library System Bookmobile – Lackawanna County

·         Lower Macungie Library – Lehigh County

·         Madigan Library – Penn College – Lycoming County

·         North Wales Area Library – Montgomery County

·         Sayre Public Library – Bradford County

·         Scranton Public Library (Albright Memorial Library) – Lackawanna County

·         Tyrone-Snyder Public Library – Blair County

·         Valley Community Library – Lackawanna County

·         Western Allegheny Community Library – Allegheny County


Bronze Star Level

·         Beaver Area Memorial Library – Beaver County

·         Bellwood Antis Public Library – Blair County

·         Bethel Park Public Library – Allegheny County

·         Bloomsburg Public Library – Columbia County

·         Cambria County Library – Cambria County

·         Chippewa Branch Library – Beaver County

·         Collinsville Community Library – York County

·         Emmaus Public Library – Lehigh County

·         Frackville Free Public Library – Schuylkill County

·         Fulton County Library – Fulton County

·         Gladwyne Free Library – Montgomery County

·         Horsham Township Library – Montgomery County

·         Huntingdon County Library – Huntingdon County

·         Indian Valley Public Library – Montgomery County

·         Indiana Free Library – Indiana County

·         Kutztown Community Library – Berks County

·         Mansfield Free Public Library – Tioga County

·         Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library – Bucks County

·         Marian Sutherland Kirby Library – Luzerne County

·         McBride Memorial Library – Columbia County

·         Mengle Memorial Library – Jefferson County

·         Mifflin Community Library – Berks County

·         Mt. Lebanon Public Library – Allegheny County

·         Nancy Kay Holmes Library – Lackawanna County

·         Northern Cambria Public Library – Cambria County

·         Schuylkill Valley Community Library – Berks County

·         Selinsgrove Community Library – Snyder County

·         Somerset County Library – Somerset County

·         Village Library of Morgantown – Berks County

·         Summerville Public Library – Jefferson County

·         West End Library – Union County

For more information about the PA Forward Star Library program, contact Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Project Manager, at 717-766-7663 or

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This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.”